"My Nose is Buried at my Maternal Uncle's": Bebelibe Family Structure

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Merz, Sharon
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Date:
2014
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In this paper I examine Bebelibe family structure and social relationships. I start by looking at the overall structure of the society, which can be defined by its communities, lineages and families. This is followed by an overview of marriage and inheritance, kinship terminology and typology (duo-Iroquois) before looking at different family relationships. Of particular interest is the interplay between the maternal and paternal families. The paper includes case studies of how different relationships play out in real life and how these demonstrate the value people place on harmony and respect. I also explore the impact of social change, especially with regard to marriage.
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111 pages
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Bebelibe
Benin
dual (double) descent
family relations
kinship
maternal uncles
Social structure
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Benin
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